Challenges, Policies, Environment, & Protection of the Arctic Region — for the United States and the World [12.16.18]


  • Guest 1: Robert A.K. Doehl, Colonel (Retired), Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military & Veterans’ Affairs, Alaska National Guard
  • Guest 2: “Special Guest” Joel Coulter, President, Mobile Sciences Consortium
Segment 1Joel Coulter Segment 2Robert A.K. Doehl
Segment 3Robert A.K. Doehl Segment 4Joel Coulter

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The EmeraldPlanet TV programs are available to view on our website, YouTube, UStream TV, and social media around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’: Robert A.K. Doehl, Colonel (Retired), Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military & Veterans’ Affairs, Alaska National Guard, (By Telephone)*, Theme: “Alaska & the U.S. Arctic Region: What Happens in Alaska & The Arctic Does Not Stay Here — Direct & Indirect Impacts on the Lower-48”
  • Segment ‘2’: Robert A.K. Doehl, Colonel (Retired), Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military & Veterans’ Affairs, Alaska National Guard, (By Telephone)*,Theme: “Alaska: Vast Region in the Arctic with Minimal Development Facing Great Changes – Economically, Environmentally, and Culturally”
  • Segment ‘3’:  Robert A.K. Doehl, Colonel (Retired), Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military & Veterans’ Affairs, Alaska National Guard, (By Telephone)*, Theme: “In the Arctic, ‘We Don’t Know what We Don’t Know! Need for Research and Infrastructure to Support Understanding the Arctic”
  • Segment ‘4’: Robert A.K. Doehl, Colonel (Retired), Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Military & Veterans’ Affairs, Alaska National Guard, (By Telephone)*, Theme: “Global Climate Change, The Arctic Zone, Future of Alaska and the U.S. Arctic Region, Arctic Zone Challenges & Promise”

Program Overview:

The 4,400 Alaskans serving in the State of Alaska Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs (DMVA) and its Alaska National Guard provide: 1) Military forces to accomplish military missions in the State or around the world; 2) Homeland security and defense; 3) Emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and environmental mitigation as needed; 4) Veterans services; and 5) Youth military style training and education. The men and women of the DMVA work together to fulfill every aspect of this mission, from deployments overseas to protect our nation and response to catastrophic natural disasters as well as preparation beforehand to mitigate such effects, to assisting veterans during their greatest times of need and mentoring the next generation of leaders at the Alaska Military Youth Academy.

Specific examples of what the DMVA and its Alaska National Guard does include, but not limited to: 1) Providing statewide specialized search and rescue forces in the Alaska Air National Guard; 2) Assisting villages with training and obtaining support for projects to make these more resilient; 3) Creating small detachments across remote villages to provide firsthand accounts of conditions and respond in the event of a local disaster; 4) Training all youth who go through the Alaska Military Youth Academy on how to be part of a team responding to disaster; and 5) In the event of a mishap, administering a state emergency operations center to coordinate support of first responders addressing human needs and mitigating environmental harm.

A successful team begins with establishing a shared vision and common efforts, supported by core values. The DMVA vision outlines four major common lines of effort across the entire Department. Through constant collaboration internally and with external partners, DMVA 1) Implementing a viable Arctic strategy, 2) Increasing emergency management capacity, and 3) Expanding engagement with Alaskan communities, all the while 4) Achieving federal mission assurance. The organization strives for success in ongoing missions in support of the active component and being ready to go to war; doing all we can within the federal Departments of Defense (DOD) and Homeland Security (DHS) to promote 1) – 3) above.

Joel Coulter, President, Mobile Services Consortium is a Business Development Executive. He has worked with startup Executive-Technical Leaders to launch mobile, collaborative, and cyber Robotics/IoT situational awareness innovations. Such are in response to diverse clients forward deployment of security, C5ISR, and “Off Grid” Energy.

Other focuses include, but not limited to: In-Transit Visibility, Real Time Group Data Service, and Decision Support requirements. Such organizational development is to achieve the Government’s Cyber Supply Chain Security goals while advancing a secure dynamic scalable collaboration enterprise. Such an enterprise enables customers to incorporate new remote sensing and robotic innovations that assess, and successfully address safety, security, surveillance, logistics, and supply capability gaps.

Thank you Happy, Production Crew, Program Team, and volunteers for your outstanding commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we create The EmeraldPlanet… 
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